• DISCOVERY, NX-series, NX300

    Surfer’s Paradise

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    Welcome to Encinitas, California, where you can watch the waves pounding at Swami’s beach, have a moment of zen at the ornately decked-out Self Realization Center, and catch a glimpse of pro surfer Rob Machado paddling his way up the breezy coast from Cardiff. Cruising down Pacific Coast highway you’ll encounter surfers running across the road with 9-foot loggers in tow and hear the deep throttle of motorcycle gangs making their weekend pilgrimage south.

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    Southern California is full of epic surf spots known around the world, and Encinitas definitely takes its place among them with points like Swami’s, Pipes and Cardiff all within a 5-mile stretch. With an eclectic crowd from eager young shortboarders ready to rip it to old-time longboarders who glide down 6-foot waves in pure style, Swami’s offers a great beach community for beginners and pros alike.

    I wanted to capture the full extent of this personality-filled crowd, so I took my Samsung NX300 on a mini beachfront field trip to the shores at Swami’s. My 200mm lens was the perfect choice to get close-up shots of surfers nabbing their next wave. Even standing at the top of a cliff overlooking the coastline, I was still able to get a good view of surfers sitting way out in the lineup.

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    By using the “Action Freeze” feature (one of the options under Samsung NX300’s SMART mode), it was easy to get a slew of well-timed action shots of surfers dropping in on waves, carving the face and getting some mini air off the tail end of their rides.

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm             

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    Every surfer has their own style, and Encinitas is full of interesting characters that make for a great day of people watching. After an afternoon of shooting surfers embrace their happy place, I had to grab my longboard and join in on the fun.

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

    NX300 | 1/160 | f/5.6 | ISO 200 | 55mm

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